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[vee-et-nah-meez, -mees, -nuh-, vyet-, vee-it-] /viˌɛt nɑˈmiz, -ˈmis, -nə-, ˌvyɛt-, ˌvi ɪt-/
noun, plural Vietnamese.
1.
a native or inhabitant of Vietnam.
2.
Formerly Annamese, Annamite. the language of Vietnam, of uncertain linguistic affiliation.
adjective
3.
of or relating to Vietnam or its inhabitants.
Origin of Vietnamese
1945-1950
1945-50; Vietnam + -ese
Related forms
pro-Vietnamese, adjective, noun, plural pro-Vietnamese.

Annamese

[an-uh-meez, -mees] /ˌæn əˈmiz, -ˈmis/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Annam, its people, or their language.
noun, plural Annamese. Also, Annamite
[an-uh-mahyt] /ˈæn əˌmaɪt/ (Show IPA)
2.
a native of Annam.
3.
former name of the language Vietnamese.
Origin
1820-30; Annam + -ese
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British Dictionary definitions for annamite

Vietnamese

/ˌvjɛtnəˈmiːz/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Vietnam, its people, or their language
noun
2.
(pl) -ese. a native or inhabitant of Vietnam
3.
the language of Vietnam, probably related to the Mon-Khmer languages

Annamese

/ˌænəˈmiːz/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Annam
adjective, noun
2.
a former word for Vietnamese
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Word Origin and History for annamite

Vietnamese

1947, from Vietnam + -ese.

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